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        Branch Pages & Contacts - Vic - NSW - Qld - SA - NT - WA - ACT - Tas - NZ                        Updated: 30 January, 2017.

                 The Mars Society Australia, Inc is an APPROVED RESEARCH INSTITUTE for the purposes of Section 73A of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 for undertaking scientific research which is, or may prove to be, of value to Australia.


For more information about branch activities contact -

New South Wales Branch Coordinator
Mars Society of Australia


Australians Supporting 2009 FMARS Field Season
Volunteers from the Mars Society Australia’s Sydney branch have been selected to support this year’s Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station (FMARS) expedition by running the Pacific-based Mission Support Centre. FMARS is an annual research expedition conducted at a research station located at Devon Island near the North Pole. The peer reviewed research conducted at Devon Island, a Mars-like ‘analogue’ environment, is geared towards learning how humans will live and work on Mars, and has been visited by scientists and engineers from around the world since it was first constructed in 2000. Australia’s contribution to this expedition follows in the tradition of assisting international space-related projects and makes this valuable research possible.

Read more here.

MSA Member Heads to the Snowy as Australia Day Ambassador
Twenty-four year old aerospace engineer Michael West is heading to Jindabyne and the surrounding areas this week as the Snowy River region?s Australia Day Ambassador for 2008. Thanks to the generous support of Woolworths, Michael will join more than 160 high achieving Australians who will be giving up their time to share their experiences and their national pride with communities across New South Wales on 26 January this year.

Read more here.

MSA Concerned at Closure of Australian Centre for Astrobiology
The MSA board has formally written to Professor Piper, the Vice-Chancellor of Macquarie University, expressing our disappointment and concern at this development and asking that it be reconsidered in the light of the significance of the Australian Centre for Astrobiology (ACA) and its unique role in Australian Space Science. We are especially concerned at the diminished opportunities the closure of ACA means for student and research choices, forcing Australian students and researchers to move overseas.

The closure was officially announced on the 5th June. Read more in this report in the Australian newspaper.

MSA NSW Seminar Series Begins in 2003
Beginning in March 2003 MSA NSW is proud to present a series of seminars by prominent speakers from a variety of fields on topics related to the scientific, engineering and social aspects of Mars exploration. See the NSW Branch home page for details.

AMEC2002 An Outstanding Success
Over 130 delegates gathered at Sydney University over the weekend of July 12-14 for the largest Mars conference held in Australia, AMEC 2002 (the Second Australian Mars Exploration Conference). Highlights of the weekend included the opening address by former Apollo 17 astronaut Dr Harrison Schmitt, the first public display of the Australian MarsSkin analogue suit, and the announcement of the winner of the Undergraduate Prize, Yon Wui Ng.

More reports will be posted shortly.

Call For Papers - AMEC 2002

Mars Society Australia will be holding its annual conference AMEC - the Australian Mars Exploration Conference - in Sydney on July 12-14, 2002. Those interested in speaking at the conference should forward a short abstract (less than 300 words) detailing your proposed topic to Jennifer Laing, on or before 30 April 2002. Queries may also be directed to the same address.

For more information click here.

AMEC 2002 - Prize for Best Undergraduate Paper
Mars Society Australia will be holding its annual conference AMEC - the Australian Mars Exploration Conference - in Sydney on July 12-14, 2002. Undergraduate students are encouraged to submit a paper on issues which have direct or potential application to a future human mission to Mars or Mars related research. The winner will be invited to attend AMEC 2002 and have their award presented by Dr. Harrison Schmitt - Apollo 17 astronaut and geologist.

For more information click here.

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